• With Winter approaching please remove your hoodie, scarf or jacket before your adjustment.
• We ask you to remove your belt and shoes before lying on the table.
• Mobile phones – Please turn your mobile phone off or switch to silent before entering the building.
Spinal Health Week
Is an exercise injury stopping you in your tracks? Maybe you’ve been practising some bad habits lately, or want to keep your back healthy? This Spinal Health Week (24-30 May) we are asking our patients and community to Consider a Chiro for their back pain.
Back pain is one of the most burdensome physical conditions facing Australians and the prevalence of back pain in society is astonishing. The Institute of Health & Welfare estimates around 4 million Australians (16% of the population) have back problems.1
With pain being the main symptom of most back problems, it is also estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives.1 This can also take a toll on your mental health, impacting your social relationships, ability to work and quality of life.
With the average Australian sitting for more than half their day, this certainly doesn’t help.2 Your back pain can be triggered by sedentary behaviour caused by inactivity. However, we don’t want your pain to stop you from being your most active self. As a nation of sports lovers and weekend warriors, it’s important that back pain resulting from exercise injuries doesn’t stop you in your tracks either.
Living with back pain does not have to be part of everyday life. Chiropractors are well equipped to care for back pain whether it be a new episode of pain or a pre-existing condition. We carefully assess each patient individually and tailor their care accordingly, by using a variety of non-surgical techniques, such as specific spinal adjustments, manual therapy and lifestyle intervention including diet, exercise and posture advice.
If you want to simply keep your spinal health in check, then we can also provide you with chiropractic care, as well as exercise programs, lifestyle advice and assistance to help you maintain your spinal health as well as your wellbeing.
This Spinal Health Week is a great time to Consider a Chiro and to take control of your back pain!
We Love Refferals
We would like to thank you for your trust and confidence in choosing Carrier Street Chiropractic for your chiropractic care. The greatest compliment you can give us is the referral of family members, friends and work colleagues. We sincerely thank you for recommending us and you can be assured that we will look after them with the highest standard of care and attention.
And just a reminder for those who are wanting their family checked we have our complimentary family assessments! Ask at the front desk for more information.
Why Would A Baby Need To See A Chiropractor?
Many people are surprised to learn that we see a lot of babies at Carrier Street Chiropractic. Why would a baby need a chiropractor? How could they possibly have back pain??
Ironically, babies can go through significant stress during the birthing process. One thing that does occur is that the cranial (skull) bones move to overlap, so the baby can pass through the birth canal. After birth the skull bones move back to a normal position usually within 24 hours, a process called cranial moulding. However, sometimes the bones don’t return to their normal position or due to long periods spent lying on one side or on their back, abnormal cranial bone movement can occur. This can affect a baby’s normal function, including their ability to suck properly, drain their lymphatics and sinuses, their sleeping and digestion and even the ability to turn their head fully to both sides.
If these issues are not rectified, they can lead to long term issues such as poor feeding habits, poor jaw and teeth development, recurrent ear, nose and throat infections and changes to cervical and thoracic bone development and alignment.
Chiropractic care for babies is extremely low force, often involving no greater pressure than what you would apply to a closed eye. And babies often respond to care quickly, often meaning fewer visits.
If you have concerns about your child and their development, please speak to Dr Michelle, our Paediatric chiropractor.
What Is An Auto Immune Disease?
Autoimmune diseases are conditions in which your immune system cells mistakenly attack your body’s healthy tissue. Some autoimmune diseases only attack one organ eg: type 1 diabetes which damages the pancreas, while others such as Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE) can affect the whole body.
We don’t fully know why some people develop autoimmune diseases. Some diseases have a generic or familiar tendency and because the overall incidence of autoimmune diseases is increasing, researchers suspect environmental factors such as poor diet, infections or exposure to chemicals and solvents may increase the likelihood of occurrence.
Autoimmune diseases can be difficult to diagnose. Sometimes the symptoms are varied both in intensity and occurrence and they can often overlap. However, early symptoms commonly include, fatigue, achy muscles and/or joints, skin rashes, swelling and redness, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, low – grade fever and digestive issues.
Autoimmune diseases are commonly treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, immune suppressants and diet. For many people with autoimmune diseases, regular exercise, regular quality sleep, stress management and chiropractic care have been found to be beneficial.
If you have particular symptoms that are concerning you, please speak to Dr Michelle.
Leaky gut syndrome is a digestive condition that affects the lining of the intestines. Gaps occur in the lining of the intestinal walls, allowing bacteria and other toxins to pass into the blood stream. Researchers believe this can lead to multiple health issues.
The gastrointestinal system consists of the oesophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. Digestive enzymes in the stomach and small intestine break down nutrients in the food and drink we consume, into smaller molecules, which our body uses for energy, repair and growth. The intestines perform a very important job in stopping molecules such as bacteria, fungi, and toxins from entering the blood stream as well as providing a home to specific gut bacteria which aid digestive and immune function.
Leaky Gut Syndrome occurs when the tight junctions in the gut wall become permeable, allowing things to pass from the gut wall into the bloodstream. This usually occurs due to imbalances in the gut bacteria which leads to inflammation of the gut wall and then increased gut wall permeability.
Leaky gut may cause or contribute to the following symptoms,
• Chronic diarrhea, constipation or bloating
• Nutritional deficiencies
• Mental confusion, challenges with memory and concentration
• Ache, rashes or eczema
• Joint pain
• Widespread inflammation
Things that disrupt gut bacteria include stress, alcohol, infections, poor nutrition (think high sugar, low fibre diet), autoimmune disorders and infections.
As leaky gut is still being researched, there is no specific treatment plan. However, implementing some lifestyle changes can improve your gut health.
• Including probiotic rich foods in your diet, think sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha.
• Eating foods rich prebiotic fibre (these will provide the food for good gut bacteria to eat)
• Eating less meat, dairy and eggs
• Avoiding added sugar and artificial sweeteners
• Exercising regularly
• Regular, quality sleep
• Trying to reduce stress
• Avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics
• Quit smoking and limit or avoid alcohol
To find out more or to learn more about probiotics, please speak to Dr Michelle.
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain”.Dolly Parton